My Fancy Rustic Cabinet

August 24, 2015

More than 3 years ago my sweet husband was back in his hometown visiting family and his sister’s neighborhood was having their yearly neighborhood yard sale.  He brought back a piece of furniture he thought I would like.  (This is a reason to marry a man!)

fancy rustic cabinet

He did good!  I liked the piece a lot but I did not know what to do with it.  Don’t laugh but it sometimes takes me awhile to figure out how to paint my furniture pieces.  I feel like if I wait long enough they will tell me how they want to be painted. (Ok you can laugh!) It took me 3 years to figure out what to do with this particular piece.  Everytime it came time to clean out the garage (yea I know it’s time to clean out the garage) Drew would ask me if he wanted me to donate the piece and I quickly told him no.

This summer I finally completed this piece.  I’ll be honest although I wanted it finished I didn’t want to put a million hours into it so I managed a pretty quick makeover.

The first step was to remove the hardware, remove the drawers and clean up the wood.  I did not want to remove the existing stain because I liked it I just wanted to spuce & clean it up.

fancy rustic cabinet

I love this product, I use it a lot!  I just cleaned the piece really good with warm water and a mild soap and then lightly sanded the piece with sandpaper.  Basically I just wiped the piece once or twice over and then cleaned off the residue.  I took a rag and just wiped on this finish.  The whole process took about 30 minutes and the results were a fancy rustic cabinet!!


fancy rustic cabinet

The result is crazy good don’t you think?  I didn’t want the entire piece to be wood so I painted the drawers with some of my left over paint.  It’s one of my favorite colors, bell tower stone.

fancy rustic cabinet

After I painted 2 coats of paint on the drawers I distressed the edges to show the wood of the piece with a heavy grit sandpaper.  Then I sprayed minwax water based polycrylic clear satin spray over the piece.

Of course the handles were not a standard size and I didn’t like the original hardware so the most expensive part of the makeover was the rope handles from Anthropologie.  This meant I didn’t have to re-drill the holes on the piece.


fancy rustic cabinet

fancy rustic cabinet

fancy rustic cabinet

I also knotted the rope hardware, I like the depth it gives it.  I really love the piece, it’s me, a little fancy a little rustic!

fancy rustic cabinet

Sometimes design takes time and I’m glad I waited until I really knew what I wanted to do with this piece and I love knowing it was a piece bought by my husband who knew I would love it!

You can see more of my furniture pieces here!

You can see furniture pieces I’m inspired by here!

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    1. Love how this turned out, and the hardware is perfect! I’m curious about the polycrylic spray. I used a brush for one of a pair of night stands but may use the spray to do the second because I can see brush marks. How many cans did you use? 3 years isn’t that long, either.

    1. Thanks Sharon! The spray is amazing, I use it all the time. You can see brush marks on this piece because I used a brush to paint it, I didn’t mind the strokes on it because it’s obviously a casual piece. My only advice is to shake the can super good and don’t get too close when spraying. Way easier than brushing or rolling it on in my opinion! Love the 3 year isn’t long comment!! lol!

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